Three-Day Emergency Kits

This is a sample press release for a hurricane, which includes good information on preparing a three-day emergency kit.  The American Red Cross has a much more complete list available.

DATELINE – There is still time for you to assemble your three-day emergency kits in case you are cut off from outside help.  Most people already have these items around the house, and it is a matter of assembling them now before an evacuation order is issued.

Start with an easy-to-carry, water-tight container – a large plastic trash can will do, or line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple of trash bags.  Next, gather up the following items and place them in your kit:

Essentials:

  • Water – 1 Gallon per person per day (a week’s supply of water is preferable)
  • Water purification kit or bleach
  • First Aid Kit and first aid book
  • Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup and cereals, etc.
  • Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap, baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • Portable radio or portable TV; extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Essential medications
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Fire extinguisher – ABC type
  • Food, water, leash, and carrier for pets
  • Cash and change
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Duct Tape and plastic sheeting (to seal home in case of chemical or biological attack)

Sanitation Supplies

  • Large plastic bag for waste, tarps, and rain ponchos
  • Large trash cans
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Household bleach
  • Rubber gloves

Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your family’s safety and comfort during and after a disaster.  Store enough supplies for at least three days, preferably seven days, in one place.